March Madness is returning to Detroit and will be held at Ford Field in 2027. In 2009, Detroit hosted the Final Four. That year was Michigan State basketball head coach Tom Izzo’s eighth appearance on college basketball’s biggest stage. That same year MSU made it to the championship game where they played the North Carolina Tar Heels. In the national championship game, Michigan State, led by 4 time NBA champion Draymond Green and Kalin Lucas, lost to North Carolina, led by the 13th overall pick in the 2009 draft Tyler Hansbrough. In 2024, Little Caesars Arena will host the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight rounds of the NCAA tournament. The Detroit Sports Commission released a statement about the Final Four returning to Detroit saying the Final Four bid was the result of a collaborative effort between them, Visit Detroit, MSU, Detroit City Hall, and Ford Field. MSU athletic director Alan Haller said, “Michigan State University is proud to serve as the Host Institution for the 2027 NCAA Men’s Final Four in Detroit. The Final Four creates memories that last a lifetime, and we look forward to partnering with the Detroit Sports Commission, Visit Detroit, Ford Field and the City of Detroit to put on a tremendous event for fans, participating schools and student-athletes.”
Chris Reynolds, athletics director at Bradley and the chair of the selection committee also released a statement saying, “We were really impressed with how the presenters from Detroit and North Texas rebounded from the disappointment of not being awarded a Final Four in the previous cycle and put their best foot forward during this entire process. These communities should be proud of the leadership displayed by everyone involved with making these bids and ultimately earning the privilege to host an event of this magnitude. Both will be great locations at which to play the Final Four.”
Additionally, Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas will host the Final Four in 2028, with Indianapolis hosting again in 2029 and AT&T Stadium in Arlington hosting in 2030. As of lately the Final Four has been home to indoor in NFL Stadiums. NRG Stadium in Houston will host the game this season, followed by State Farm Stadium in Phoenix in 2024, San Antonio’s Alamodome in 2025, and Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium in 2026. The 2024 NFL draft is scheduled to be held in Detroit, which by many is considered to be the second-largest event on the football calendar after the Super Bowl. In 2005, Detroit hosted the MLB All-Star Game, but not the NBA or NHL All-Star Games since 1979 (Silverdome) and 1980 (Joe Louis Arena), so having the NCAA Final Four back in Detroit is sure to bring a ton of sports fans from all over to our wonderful city.